Fantasy by KM Shea

A reader recently told me she really enjoyed all of KM Shea’s fantasies, so I gave this author a try…and I have really liked her so far. I haven’t read a ton yet, so I’m no expert on all her books. But the Hall of Blood and Mercy series has been super fun and intriguing. Here’s the blurb for the first book–Magic Forged.

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I’m one scrappy wizard. As someone with barely a flicker of magic, I’ve spent my life being mocked and surviving fights with bullies. But when my parents die in an accident, and I find myself responsible for our whole wizard house and family, I know my usual tactics aren’t going to cut it.

The situation veers from bad to catastrophic when my backstabbing cousin stages a coup and takes my family hostage. I barely manage to flee, but the only supernatural willing to help me is Killian Drake – the most feared vampire in the region, and a far more deadly villain than the jerk threatening my family.

Is Killian sexy and charismatic? Heck yeah.

He’s also so powerful that my flight or fight instincts kick in every time our eyes meet. And he’s definitely using me as his personal magic detector in his feud against the local fae.

But Killian is also the first person to believe I might have more than just a scrap of magic. And if I can convince him to train me, I might get strong enough to free my family and get my house back.

I’m not sure what happens when a scrappy wizard is taught how to fight by a hall of deadly vampires, but I’m about to find out.

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My Review

Solid 5. These books are super fun. They have all the magical elements like vampires, wizards, fae, and monsters, but with a humorous twist to the stories and characters that grow on you (in a good way). I liked the way she made the wizards and vampires different than in other fantasy books–the vampires ingest blood donations (like from personal blood drives) and the humans live among and with them. It’s a cool concept. I read each book super quickly because I didn’t want to stop. I love how Hazel (a powerless wizard) is at the bottom of the food chain, so to speak, and becomes linked up with a vampire clan that is at the top, but her new “owners” think she stink of rat blood (vampires can’t stand wizard blood in these books). This series sold me on this author. She’s witty, creative, and very personable as I’ve followed her newsletters. I highly suggest going to her website to try out her fun game to figure out which of her books you might want to read first.

Happy reading!